The Mars TV Miniseries' Biggest Problem Is That It's Trying Way Too Hard to Be Real

National Geographic’s new TV miniseries Mars has a message for the people of Earth: Colonizing the Red Planet is not a pipe dream. In fact, it’s achievable within a generation. Unfortunately, in the first few episodes at least, that message smothers the show’s ability to tell a good story. Mars is much more enjoyable…

Five Striking Images Show How Solar Lanterns Are Transforming Life off the Grid

For those who struggle to imagine life without a slew of wifi-enabled devices at the ready, it’s sobering to think that a billion people worldwide lack electricity. But that’s starting to change. As developing countries build the infrastructure needed to power major cities, the rural poor are pulling themselves out of…